2006 Indoor World Trial Championship Round 6

Odyssey Arena - Belfast, Northern Ireland - 10/2/2006 - Attendance: 5,000

Crucial error - Finished lowest in 2006

As there had been some changes in championship calendar, the round six took place in Belfast on Feb.10th. The next round in Russia was waiting only two days away, so there was no time for the riders and the teams to relax and they rushed to leave the country after the event was over.

Having Morris, Dabill and Bou lined up as wild-card riders, there were a total of eight riders participated in the event; four Spanish, three English and one Japanese. As the starting order for the permanent rider rotates this year, Fujinami once again assigned as the number one starting rider.

The first section wasn't a big problem, as all riders marked clean except two English wild-card riders. At the following section, Cabestany was the only rider who marked clean. Raga managed to ride with a single point, but the rest of the riders all fived.

The section three looked to be easy again, and Cabestany became the only permanent rider, but this time, unable to mark clean and added five points instead. It was a decisive mistake for the Spaniard, and later, it costed him a chance going to the final lap.

Fuji in turn made a crucial mistake at the section four. He knew the section was difficult, as he saw Bou and Raga having a tough time in the section to add one point earlier. He expected to do a similar ride, but he failed to climb the step to become the sole permanent rider to five at the section.

As the seven observed sections were over, Fuji and Cabestany finished with eleven points in a tie. They had a final battle for the fifth place at the Double-Lane. Fuji took too much time going over a slippery log, and he lost the battle to finish at the sixth place, the lowest position of the season for him.

Lampkin, who had been struggling this year, came back strong in Belfast. He finished second in the qualification lap after beating Bou at the DL. He continued to ride strong to finish with fifteen points. Fajardo, who finished in a tie with Lampkin at the qualification lap, lost the beat at the final lap to finish with twenty-five points. Lampkin celebrated his first podium of the season at the second place.

Quote from Fujigas:

I made a mistake at the section four, and that five points hurt me a lot today. It seems that taking two fives became my habit. I hate that, so I will try to reduce such mistakes.

Indoor Trial World Championship 2006
Final Lap
1. Adam Raga Gas Gas 9
2. Dougie Lampkin Repsol Montesa HRC 15
3. Jeroni Fajardo Gas Gas 25
Qualificarion Lap
1. Adam Raga Gas Gas 4
2. Dougie Lampkin Repsol Montesa HRC 6
3. Jeroni Fajardo Gas Gas 6
4. Toni Bou Beta 8
5. Albert Cabestany Sherco 11
6. Takahisa Fujinami Repsol Montesa HRC 12
7. James Dabill Beta 22
8. Shaun Morris Gas Gas 28
Point Standings
1. Adam Raga 52
2. Albert Cabestany 41
3. Toni Bou 40
4. Jeroni Fajardo 32
5. Takahisa Fujinami 26
6. Dougie Lampkin 25
7. James Dabill 5
8. Shaun Morris 4
9. Daniele Maurino 4
10. Jerome Bethune 2
11. Tadeusz Blazusiak 1

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